Skydiver Plummets to His Death Behind a Lake Elsinore Home
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (KTLA) – An investigation was underway Sunday to determine why a 62-year-old skydiver became entangled in his parachute and plummeted into a Lake Elsinore backyard, authorities said.
Ken Oka, of Mira Loma, was performing a maneuver with a group of skydivers on Saturday afternoon, when he got ensnared in the chute, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Oka landed in the 19000 block of Sweetwood Lane and was pronounced dead at a hospital, the department said.
He was an experienced skydiver, with more than 5,000 jumps under his belt, and even made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for taking part in the largest aerial group formation in 2003.
Skydiving was his passion, despite a number of hard landings.
“He had broken pretty much everything, but he would get back up and just keep on going,” Oka’s girlfriend and life-partner Lynette Collins said.
Ken left instructions that if he died, he wanted to be cremated and have his ashes spread across the sky for one last jump, his family said.
Both the sheriff’s department and the Federal Aviation Administration launched inquiries into the accident.